Little by little the world is changing. The Daily Beast runs Thaddeus Russell’s crushing piece saying that Israel is endangering American lives, in which Russell rediscovers the realist wisdom in the opposition to Partition by Truman’s braintrust, including the great George Marshall and the turbulent brainy James V. Forrestal, all of whom predicted no end of trouble.
There was not a single act of Arab terrorism against Americans before 1968, when the U.S. became the chief supplier of military equipment and economic aid to Israel. In light of this fact, it’s difficult to credibly sustain the argument that Arab terrorism is spawned by Islam’s alleged promotion of violence and antipathy toward American culture or by a “natural” Arab anti-Semitism. It also suggests that no matter what policies Israel enacts to protect itself—even a withdrawal from the occupied territories or a two-state “solution”—it must be a perpetual wartime state.
Is it any wonder that the Beast has to plug two pro-Israel pieces alongside the Russell? Dan Senor and Peter Beinart– both of whom have worked for AIPAC. Though yes, in fairness, Beinart wants Obama to keep up pressure on Netanyahu to bring about the "possibility of a democratic Zionist state." That’s as much of a dream as a Palestinian state, isn’t it? And notice how Beinart’s construction acknowledges as much. Beinart is coming around! Non-Zionists must ask, What has happened to our country? And how long will it take us to come to our senses?